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After year off, Gardens of the Hills tour is back

Popular El Dorado Hills event returns June 5 and 6

Garden scene with white daisies, purple flowers, shrubs and lawn
The Gardens of the Hills tour will feature six showstopper gardens in El Dorado Hills. Proceeds benefit homeless and disadvantaged children in the county. (Photos courtesy Assistance League - Sierra Foothills)

Tickets are now on sale for a popular tour, raising money for a good cause while also showcasing some gorgeous gardens.

Presented by the Assistance League – Sierra Foothills, Gardens of the Hills returns after a year hiatus due to COVID. Proceeds go toward helping homeless and disadvantaged children in El Dorado County.

On June 5 and 6, six spectacular private gardens in the El Dorado Hills area will be open for tours.

What makes this event so special are all the extras set in those beautiful landscapes. Besides flowers, this garden tour is packed with fun.

The tour stops will include pop-up boutiques, wine tasting, food trucks, family fun and the event’s signature raffle. Find “Nutmeg the Squirrel” at each stop for entry in a special raffle.

Each stop also features special surprises. During the 2019 tour, that included a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party attended by Alice and her Wonderland friends.

New this year, the league will host an online “Gardens of Smiles” auction, featuring donated items to further help this effort. The auction is open June 1-7; find it at .

Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6.

Tickets are $30; $10 for children age 12 and younger. They’re available at several locations, including Green Acres Nursery & Supply in Folsom, California Welcome Center and Pottery World in El Dorado Hills, Ace Hardware in Cameron Park and El Dorado Nursery in Shingle Springs.

Or order them online at .

Tea party characters
At the 2019 tour, the Mad Hatter and other Wonderland friends
popped in.


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Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

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